Volatile Voices

The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves. If you have a blog post you'd like to submit, then you can contact me by clicking here - CJ

John Hunter 13 Dec 2017 2

The double edged sword of our new digital world. That's the topic for John Hunter's latest blog and something I imagine we've all had to consider. The barrier has been lowered so we can submit instantly via email, but then it's lowered for everybody and does that make us any better off? I have to admit, sometimes I long to be twenty years younger and ten years wiser, living back in the late nineties when you had to put a lot more legwork into being rejected - CJ

CJ Walley 05 Dec 2017 1

Something strange happened to me this year. My screenwriting life took a shift in a new direction. A producer reached out to me about optioning one of my features and is now working hard to secure the financing needed to green-light the project. This is a strange new world to me and, being the the kind of person who lives in perpetual state of anxiety, one which is filled with inner conflict and paranoia. I should be happy, ecstatic even, and I was for a few weeks before resuming my normal state of melancholy - CJ

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

I mentioned at the end of September that Steve Miles had optioned his script Forever Red via Script Revolution and the filmmakers were crowdfunding some of the budget. I'm pleased to say they've since reached their 80% goal and, while they still need that last 20%, will be able to...

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

It seems success stories are coming in pairs for members as Chris Hicks has optioned his shorts The Meltdown and The Chosen One to Charlie Mason.

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

Jason K Allen’s short A Most Unfortunate Face has been optioned UK-based director Dean Charles. Plus, his short comedy I Swear Inc. has been picked up by ...

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

I was expecting this to be a quiet one this month, but I've got plenty to update you on. Firstly, thanks to our latest Revolution Rockstars, we have reached the first goal of the Patreon campaign. The hosting costs for the site are now covered and I'm now able to move on to promoting the site to filmmakers via Facebook and Instagram. Secondly, Script Revolution now hosts the equivalent of over $250,000 per year in hosting fees compared to some pay sites - and that's just counting the features and TV pilots uploaded! - CJ

CJ Walley 02 Nov 2017 0

Happy Halloween, and what can be more terrifying than the daily despair of trying to make it in the movie business? Chills me to the bone. There's not a great deal to talk about this month, so this should be a quick one. Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to the new Patreon supporters who've signed up. We are now only one supporter away from the first goal - securing enough to keep the site hosted - CJ

CJ Walley 31 Oct 2017 0

Woohoo! We reached the first goal with Patreon support which now means hosting the site is ensured for the future. Thanks so much to you all. If Script Revolution is working well for you, why not consider becoming a Patreon supporter too. For a small monthly donation, which you can end at any time, you can help keep the site free for other users. That's you sending the elevator back down. You'll also get Revolution Rockstar status here which...

Shawn Davis 25 Oct 2017 1

For those of you who have been at this writing thing for a while, the name Pia Cook should mean something to you. Pia is one of the best examples of how to keep a razor-sharp focus when the chips are down. What do I mean by that? Stay in this business long enough and you will see the “real” side of screenplay writing. The hard side. The side that makes lesser writers walk away. 

CJ Walley 01 Oct 2017 0

Yes, all one thousand plus you, because that's what happened this month. Shoutout to Elissa Hofelt for being the member that pushed us over four figures. Delighted to have so many of you onboard. This month, I've been able to bring in a lot of minor improvements along with some more major features to help scripts standout and assist industry members in finding what they're looking for - CJ

CJ Walley 05 Sep 2017 1

It's happened! Just 13 months after Script Revolution launched, we've had our 1,000th member join the revolution. Elissa Hofelt was the member who tripped the counter over this milestone. Elissa is a long time writer with several options under her belt with a pilot and feature current making the rounds. Thanks Elissa!

J.E. Clarke 30 Aug 2017 0

Here’s a story about the famous artist Picasso – one you may have heard before: A stranger interrupted Picasso at his evening meal. Producing a napkin from his pocket, the man asked: “Could you sketch something for me? I’ll pay you for it.  Name your price.”  Picasso grabbed a charcoal pencil, and rapidly sketched a goat. It took only a few strokes, yet was unmistakably a Picasso. The man reached for the napkin, but Picasso pulled it back. “You owe me $100,000”. The man was outraged. “$100,000? Why? That took no more than 30 seconds to draw!” Picasso threw the drawing away. “You are wrong...

John Hunter 23 Aug 2017 0

“I’m an artist. I don’t concern myself with such mundane things as financial reality or production costs…" Well, good luck with that. Meanwhile back in the real world, other struggling writers are trying to cut costs to help get empty pocket projects on screens. The Holy Grail for nascent filmmakers is, of course, a single location, one person script and no FX which can be shot with a single iPhone in ambient light. Big Studio have decided to go another way. It is an important thing to know and understand the difference.

CJ Walley 01 Aug 2017 0

It's hard to believe that, one year ago, I was bookending a month's solid work with the launch of this site. As I sat there ready to click the button and face the world, all I had was faith in other screenwriters believing we could band together to bring change. It was a true "if you build it, they will come" moment that's been realised with tremendous belief and adoption by screenwriters the world over. This is where I get to say thank you, thank you so very, very much.

CJ Walley 31 Jul 2017 2

Tomorrow, Script Revolution turns one year old and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I secretly hoped 1,200 scripts would be uploaded by now and that goal has been smashed. On average, 127 scripts are uploaded, 73 members sign-up, and over 1,300 scripts are downloaded on Script Revolution per month. Despite all the haters out there still trying to dismiss what we’re doing, Script Revolution is gaining more and more support every day. A sincere thank you to all those who’ve put faith into this in year one. - CJ

J.E. Clarke 19 Jul 2017 1

Once you’ve been in the scriptwriting biz for a while, a number of questions just… emerge.

In my particular experience, queries such as these: How do you manage to write so damned fast? What’s your method for bringing ideas to life? Followed by: What the fuck’s wrong with you? Can you connect me with your dealer? What the hell are you going to do with your life?

CJ Walley 14 Jun 2017 8

Before we get into this, I want you to sit down and be prepared for a bittersweet ending. You see, this isn’t one of those blog posts where I encourage every writer to keep fighting, this is a heartfelt and open case for why I may have to quit. I feel it’s about time we had a little conversation about how utterly life destroying the screenwriting dream can be.

John Hunter 07 Jun 2017 0

On the occasion of finishing the first pages of yet another unsolicited and highly speculative script, I ask myself, “Does the world really need one more sample of my writing? My voice must be known by now to everyone within a tri-county area...” 

In a brief and uncommon moment of clarity, the answer is a resounding, “NO.” As I glance at the Save The Pixels Federation pamphlet, images of baby seals being clubbed to death fill my head.

CJ Walley 01 Jun 2017 0

There's not a great deal to report this month and there will be no newsletter at the end of June as I'm going to be unavailable during that time. This also means Monthly Mutiny will be running for two months this time round. Sign-ups and script uploads have been a little slow lately, but there's some great success stories I'll get to later in this blog.

J.E. Clarke 24 May 2017 3

Okay Wunderkins, think quick: what’s the most annoying movie archetype?

The sort that - after hearing a character utter their first lines - you become painfully aware you’re trapped in a theater with a walking, talking cliché; one you’ve encountered countless times before.  A 2d cardboard cutout with zero surprises up their sleeve.  One glimpse, and you’ve got their every move sussed out.  So why are they (and the film’s producers) now wasting your precious time?

Shawn Davis 17 May 2017 14

As some of you know, I’ve been writing now for about 10 years. I have discovered several key things in those years and something new I just learned recently.

As a writer, I have the ability to create my own world. I’ve done just that in several of my works. I’ve had interest in those works and I’ve even had some options executed. Also as a writer, I can determine at what level I want to run at.

J.E. Clarke 10 May 2017 3

You nasty, filthy pervert. No, not in the Hentai way.

But remember the good old days when 2D Animation was a viable, awe-inspiring art form –just starting to trickle to the bleeding edge? 

I mean, way back in the 1970-80s: prehistoric times to Millennials, of course:

CJ Walley 01 May 2017 0

So, last month, I asked everyone to share the love and talk to their friends about Script Revolution, which I didn’t really see happen anywhere online but something happened somewhere behind the scenes. We saw 90 new members join up this month, the most since the site started. Thank you for those who are spreading the good word. A huge number of hits came in from this excellent article "Lessons Learned From Trying to Break Into Professional...

CJ Walley 22 Apr 2017 12

This week has been a turbulent one in screenwriting. You could easily have missed it. Entwined within the drama was a historical turning point in the screenwriting world and what looks like the beginning of a new fight between creatives and capitalists. We have entered a new age of artificial intelligence that’s going to affect us in ways we never imagined how.

Fiona Faith Ross 12 Apr 2017 5

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result1. This aphorism, or meme, as we call them now, applies to writers, and in particular to screenwriters. In my blog post exploring the theme of "Never give up", I made the case for battling on, since practice makes perfect and everybody knows that overnight success takes decades, especially for writers. However, my obsessive persistence tells me that - to steal a cliché so worn it's positively polished – you don't have to be mad to be a screenwriter, but it helps.


Subscribe to Volatile Voices